A shocking report into children's services in Sunderland has criticised widespread failures and poor leadership.
The report by Ofsted has said that children are being left unsafe.
Among the areas ruled inadequate are:
- Child protection
- Children in care
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has written to the Secretary of State, Nicky Morgan, calling for action to be taken as soon as possible.
Nearly 200 schools across the North East closed today (March 26) as members of the National Union of Teachers walked out of work.Read the full story ›
Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.
When asked whether teachers were right or wrong to go on strike, 51% said they opposed the walkout, 35% supported the strike and 14% did not know.
The poll also showed that those working in the public sector are more likely to support the strike (45%) than oppose it (41%).
Some 2,039 people were asked by ComRes about the strike.
The secretary of Bradford NUT, John Howarth, has apologised to parents affected by today's strike - but says he hopes they will support the teachers' action.
Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job. Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents - he must listen and change direction. This strike is his fault - teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education. We do apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us.
Hundreds of schools in the North East of England will be closed or partially closed due to a strike by teachers.
The National Union of Teachers has called the strike because of a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and workload.
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On the eve of strike action by the National Union of Teachers, the head of Ofsted told ITV News he condemned that action.
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw also spoke of his new mission to improve classroom discipline, calling on headteachers to be tougher and more consistent in their methods.
ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall reports:
Teachers across the North East will be out on strike tomorrow, forcing the closure of many schools.Read the full story ›
Teachers have vowed to press ahead with a one-day strike over pay and conditions despite calls to halt the action because it will disrupt children's education.
Tens of thousands of teachers are expected to take part in tomorrow's walkout, which could force schools across England and Wales to close to some or all pupils.
The strike, which has been condemned by the Department for Education, has been called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) as part of a dispute over changes to pay and working conditions as well as pensions.
Fellow teachers' union NASUWT has decided not to take part in the strike action.
If ITV Tyne Tees viewers are anything to go by animals, children and the sunny weather make the people of the North East happy.Read the full story ›
One of the most anticipated measures in the Budget was the plan to help working parents with the costs of childcare, up to £2000 per child.Read the full story ›